Modest Mouse
The Lonesome Crowded West


5.0
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Review

by DynamiteKyle USER (5 Reviews)
September 4th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Lonesome Crowded West is one of the greatest alternative rock records of all time, and I don't see it leaving my rotation anytime soon.

Modest Mouse's "The Lonesome Crowded West" is unquestionably one of my favorite albums of all time. Isaac Brock's brilliant lyrics and eclectic guitar playing mixed with Jeremiah Green's outstanding percussion work and Eric Judy's great bass, there isn't any way I could call this album anything but one of the greatest albums of the 90's. Being an indie rock album at an hour and thirteen minutes long, you would think at some point it would become tedious, or repetitive, but the songs are so wildly different from each other at points that it never fails keeping things interesting. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine opens up the album with noisy screams and distorted guitars, while Styrofoam Boots ends the album with soft acoustic guitars and Isaac Brock wistfully singing.

The production on the album gives it a very dusty, western, feel to it (the lonesome feeling is immediately addressed on Modest Mouse's next LP in the discography "The Moon And Antarctica", but I'll probably do a review of that some other time.). Isaac Brock and Eric Judy both do fine jobs on their respective instruments, but the real stand-out is drummer Jeremiah Green. I can't say enough good things about the percussion on this album. All you have to do is listen to the opening of Truckers Atlas to see what I'm talking about.

When I think of bad things to say about LCW, the only thing that comes to mind is that the song "Long Distance Drunk" outwears it's welcome rather quickly.

The Lonesome Crowded West is one of the greatest alternative rock records of all time, and I don't see it leaving my rotation anytime soon.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
DarthMann
September 4th 2011


13815 Comments


yer but not too many

ohfoxxxycole
September 4th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuckng yes

Relinquished
September 4th 2011


25097 Comments


123. love this band

DarthMann
September 4th 2011


13815 Comments


but keep it to one a day

sublimefan1991
September 4th 2011


757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

terrible review, great album.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2011


23845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ok review, you didnt really say much about the music though. which, dont get me wriong, isnt exactly "necessary" but there's not much else going on in this review so yeah, id add some better descriptions or something. Or at least expand on the angle you're taking with this review.

oh and the album rules

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2011


50457 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Out Of Gas gets stuck in my head all the time

Digging: Viper the Rapper - You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2011


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When is the next review coming out?

YetAnotherBrick
September 5th 2011


4453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good soundoff

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2011


23845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no dude the only cool thing to do for summaries these days is quote lyrics from the album

mvood
September 5th 2011


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My opinions were like kittens, I was giving them away...

bakkermaarten007
September 6th 2011


3545 Comments


I've never managed to get into modest mouse. Would this album be a good one to give it another shot?

ohfoxxxycole
September 6th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

theres no wrong place to start, i started with both good news and this

Attis
September 6th 2011


333 Comments


start with good news



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